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Social Innovation in the Water Treatment Sector in the Amazon

Social Innovation in the Water Treatment Sector in the Amazon

Objective

The AguaSociAL joint exchange programme aims to strengthen research cooperation and knowledge sharing between Brazil and Europe within the water related sciences. This venture will provide on-site training related to the rationale and benefits of water treatment techniques and technologies combined with social innovation approaches. AguaSociAL will seek to investigate and support community-driven development techniques and technologies for improving access to Water. This approach responds to the Europe 2020 Strategy of ‘promoting social innovation for the most vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the provision of innovative education and training”, AguaSociAL will facilitate R&D activities that focus on the Amazonian Region, and will explore a range of issues, including: environmental protection; socio-economic factors and sustainable development, with a specific emphasis on water treatment and social innovations by local communities (especially vulnerable ones). Research will be undertaken to identify existing and potential water treatment, reuse, recycling and sanitation technologies that are socially accepted and community owned. Such approach should enable the linkage of scientific and traditional local knowledge, while simultaneously supporting a co-learning process towards sustainable development. To this end, a joint-thread of research/training activities will be set up for researchers from Brazil (States of Pará & Amazonas) participating to Training activities in EU and EU researchers seconded to Brazil within Case Study Workshops, with short exchanges (1 month) for senior and longer exchanges (2-3 months) for junior investigators, for a total of about 150 person months within 3 a year’s period. Scientific achievements are reached through inter-connected trainings and field workshops in interaction with social actors, for the acquisition of new approaches to water treatment combined with social technologies, in a multi-disciplinary approach

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE

Address

Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 117 600

Administrative Contact

Barbara Cafini (Dr.)

Participants (2)

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LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 105 000

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 92 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 612633

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 315 000

  • EU contribution

    € 315 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE

Italy